Emily goes the extra mile for Cancer Focus NI

09 November 2018

Emily goes the extra mile for Cancer Focus NI

As soon as breast cancer survivor Emily Stanton heard that Cancer Focus NI was an official partner for next year’s marathon, she decided to put together a relay team to support the charity.

Mum to Liam (13) and Rhys (9), Emily wants to help raise funds for Cancer Focus NI because they gave her much-needed support during her cancer journey.


The inspirational mum from Ballyhackamore is a runner herself - she even jogged all the way to Belfast City Hospital for her radiotherapy sessions while training for the marathon in 2016, which she also ran for Cancer Focus NI.


Emily, who recently finished a PHD in peace studies, said: “I ran the Baltimore marathon years ago and when I found out I had cancer in 2015, I thought I’d set myself a personal goal to run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon within a year to give me an incentive to get fit again and help me regain my confidence.


“I hadn’t run for many years but I thought the exercise could really help my energy levels as fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment. I found walking and running to my appointments very therapeutic - calming and exhilarating all in one,” she said.


“Running puts my head in a good place. I think it also sets a good example to my boys, showing them that mummy is healthy – she’s okay.”


Emily added: “I want to help Cancer Focus NI as I got tremendous support from their Family Support Service, both before and during my PhD. Their staff gave my husband Hedley and I the courage to talk openly about cancer with our children and they gave us practical and emotional support and guidance. I’m so appreciative of all the free help that they provided during this time. 


“Cancer Focus NI has a wide range of other services for patients and their families and I hope to join the Sing for Life choir and their breast cancer support group. 


“While my prognosis is good, I’m a realist. I’m aware that a reoccurrence is a possibility but I take comfort knowing that I can use these services at any time – now and in the future if I need them.


“I think the marathon is fantastic. Running is such a tonic - it builds up your strength and helps give you a positive outlook on life.  Please sign up for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and help raise funds to help others at one of the most difficult times of their lives.”


You can #runforyourlife and support Cancer Focus NI by selecting them when registering for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App. 

Already signed up and would like to start fundraising for them?  Simply email events@cancerfocusni.org or call 028 9068 0771 to request your free fundraising pack.